Savannah State holds off UTSA on Friday night, 51-50
WACO — UTSA’s comeback bid came up just short on Friday in a 51-50 loss to Savannah State on the second day of the Athletes In Action Classic.
Tesha Smith led the Roadrunners (2-3) with 16 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season, while Kamra King added 11 points.
Jasmine Norman had a team-high 15 points for Savannah State (3-1) on the strength of a 5-for-10 effort from the field. Ezinne Kalu tallied 11, as the Lady Tigers won the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Both teams struggled to score in the opening half.
UTSA went 16 minutes without a field goal after Niaga Mitchell-Cole’s 3-pointer at the 17:46 mark. The Roadrunners finished the opening frame 3-for-22 from the field, while Savannah State was 8-for-29, but it led 20-16 at the half.
The Lady Tigers stretched their lead to a game-high 11 points after Jasmine Kirkland’s jumper at the 15:32 mark. UTSA then began to chip away and it narrowed the deficit to one on four different occasions, the last time following Miki Turner’s pair of free throws with 13 seconds remaining. Following a pair of missed free throws by Savannah State, Kamra King’s 3-point attempt with one second left was off the mark.
UTSA will wrap up tournament play at 5 p.m. on Saturday at No. 9 Baylor (5-0), which owns the nation's longest active home-court winning streak at 62 games.